Remington 700 Rifle Lawsuit Alleges Man Shot Due to Defective Trigger

According to allegations raised in a recent product liability lawsuit, trigger problems with a Remington 700 rifle caused it to fire unexpectedly, causing an Oregon man to be shot through the foot.

The complaint (PDF) was filed late last month by Loren Korpi in U.S. District Court in Boise, Idaho, joining a growing number of Remington 700 rifle lawsuits that involve similar allegations that the bolt-action rifle features a defective trigger.

Korpi indicates that he was hunting last year in Idaho when a Remington 700 rifle fired unexpectedly while it was being unloaded by his brother, Mark Korpi. The lawsuit indicates that the 1970s-era bolt-action rifle fired when Mark Korpi pushed the safety forward, alleging that the gun fired due to forces on the fire control system, even when the trigger was not pulled or touched in any way.

Learn More About

Remington Rifle Lawsuits

Remington 700 and Model Seven Rifles May Pose a Risk of Unintentional Firing Due to Trigger Problems.


As a result of the defective trigger, Loren Kopri claims he was shot, with the bullet traveling through his leg, ankle and foot, causing serious permanent damage and scarring.

Similar allegations of trigger problems with Remington 700 rifles have been raised in other product liability claims against the manufacturer, including a 1994 case in Texas that resulted in a $17 million award to a man who lost his foot.

According to allegations raised by Korpi and other plaintiffs, the problem rests in the Remington’s Walker Fire Control, which has been used by Remington since 1948 and is found in more than 5 million Remington guns. The lawsuits claims that Remington has known since at least 1979 that one percent of all Model 700 rifles fire unexpectedly without the trigger being pulled because of defects in the fire control assembly. The lawsuits claim the company knew before the gun went on the market.

In 1978, the gun manufacturer issued a recall for the Model 600 series, which used the same fire control system, determining that it had a 55.9% failure rate. The lawsuits say the Model 700 system has the same problems.

Remington Model 700 bolt action rifles are still for sale by the manufacturer and gun dealers nationwide.


"*" indicates required fields

Share Your Comments

I authorize the above comments be posted on this page*

Have Your Comments Reviewed by a Lawyer

Provide additional contact information if you want an attorney to review your comments and contact you about a potential case. This information will not be published.

NOTE: Providing information for review by an attorney does not form an attorney-client relationship.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

More Top Stories

Bard 3DMax Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Set for Trial To Begin in April 2024
Bard 3DMax Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Set for Trial To Begin in April 2024 (Posted 4 days ago)

With thousands of Bard hernia mesh lawsuits pending in the federal court system, a fourth bellwether trial will be held in the spring, involving allegations that defects with Bard 3DMax caused painful and permanent injuries.